Don Braden has performed as a leader or as a sideman in a vast array of venues. Concert halls include Carnegie Hall (Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, McDonald's All American High School Band), Lincoln Center (Illinios Jacqueet Big Band, 1993 Battle Royale, Mos Def), Symphoy Hall in Boston (Wynton Marsalis) among many, many others. Club appearances include countless performances in New York's Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Sweet Basil (Sweet Rhythm), Birdland, and many others in the Americas, Europe, Japan, Russia and Australia. Braden has also been a featured artist at many universities, such as Harvard, Duke, University of Southern Florida, University of Louisville, Princeton, North Netherlands Conservatoire, William Paterson University, Cuyahoga Community College, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Wellesley College and many others. Television appearances include Saturday Night Live, David Brenner, Joan Rivers (all with Wynton Marsalis), and several others.
Gigs


Upcoming Performance Schedule
As of November 29, 2016

2016

November 29: Oosterport, Groningen, Netherlands, with the Trio of Liberty featring Joris Teepe on bass, Gene Jackson on drums, Don on tenor sax and flutes.

December 3: Szczecin Art Agency , Szczecin, Poland, with the Trio of Liberty featring Joris Teepe on bass, Gene Jackson on drums, Don on tenor sax and flutes.

December 4: Waterweg Jazz Podium, Schiedam, Holland, with the Trio of Liberty featring Joris Teepe on bass, Gene Jackson on drums, Don on tenor sax and flutes.

December 5-9: Faculty Assignment, Prins Claus Conservatiore, Groningen, Netherlands.

December 17, 9:30pm (1 set): Club Bonafide, 212 W. 52nd St., NYC with Big Fun(k), featuring Karl Latham on drums, Spencer Murphy on electric bass, Art  Hirahaha on keyboards, and Don on tenor sax and flutes.

December 28, 9:30 pm: The Zinc Bar, with the Eddie Allen Aggregation Big Band, 2 sets.


2017

January 3: Cornelia Street Cafe, with the Roseanna Vitro Group.

January 5-7: JEN (Jazz Education Network Conference), New Orleans, LA, various appearances

January 8, 12:30pm: APAP Showcase, Hilton Hotel NYC (6th Ave at 53rd), with the Roseanna Vitro Group.

January 8, 8:30pm: Gail Boyd Artist's APAP Showcase, Hilton Hotel NYC (6th Ave at 53rd), with the Don Braden Ensemble, performing music from the Earth, Wind and Wonder repertoire.

January 19-22: NAMM Show, Annaheim, CA, appearing daily at the JodyJazz booth, and performing in the JAZZ JAM on Friday evening, Jan 20, 7-11pm.

March 17-20: The Half Note, Athens, Greece, with the Trio of Liberty featring Joris Teepe on bass, Gene Jackson on drums, Don on tenor sax and flute.

March 27-31: Faculty Assignment, Prins Claus Conservatiore, Groningen, Netherlands.

April 30: Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ, with the Don Braden Ensemble, performing music from the Earth, Wind and Wonder repertoire.

July 9 - August 6: Don Braden is proud to be Music Director of the Litchfield Jazz Camp, which is available for attendance any or all weeks in this 4 week time frame.  E-mail info@litchfieldjazzfest.com or call (860)361-6285 for more info.


Don Braden Performing Ensembles:
- Don Braden Quartet: Brandon McCune - piano, Joris Teepe - bass, Cecil Brooks III - drums
- Don Braden Organix Group: Kyle Koehler - Hammond Organ, Dave Stryker - guitar, Cecil Brooks III - drums
- Don Braden Organix Group featuring Vanessa Rubin: Vanessa Rubin - vocals,  Kyle Koehler - Hammond Organ, Dave Stryker - guitar, Cecil Brooks III - drums
- Big Fun(k): Karl Latham - drums, Nick Rolfe - keyboards, Gary Foote/Chulo Gatewood/Mark Peterson - bass
- Braden Michels Project: Julie Michels - vocals, Dave Restivo - piano, Keiran Overs - bass, Daniel Barnes - drums
- Braden/Rapp Project: Mark Rapp - trumpet, Art Hirahara - piano, Joris Teepe - bass, Alvin Atkinson - drums
- Contemporary Standards Ensemble (various musicians on trumpet, trombone, piano, bass and drums)

Don Braden as a Special Guest -- With his extensive high-level Jazz experience, positive energy, excitement and musicality, Braden is an outstanding guest soloist for any kind of ensemble.  He's great with young people and pros alike.  He has over 15 big band charts at various levels available, as well as 4 pieces for full symphonic orchestra (with Jazz quartet.)